Democratic pollster: Trump hatred driving Dems, but may not be enough

Democratic pollster Mark Penn said Tuesday that the Democratic Party’s turnout in this year’s midterm elections is being driven by “Trump hatred,” but warned that it alone may not be enough to swing races.

Penn, who is a contributor to The Hill, said on Hill.TV’s “What America’s Thinking” that “Trump hatred” was not enough to make Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants MORE’s presidential campaign successful.

“If you’re just looking at the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party now is being animated by Trump hatred,” Penn said. "That is the number-one turnout vehicle through the next election.”

He said that energy could lead to an increase in young voters and women heading to the polls in November, which could secure Democratic victories in some races.

“The theory is in what is traditionally a lower-turnout midterm election… that this could balance it out,” Penn said.

While Democrats held a steady lead in generic polls for the early part of the year, several recent polls have shown Republicans closing the gap.

The CBS News/YouGov Battleground Tracker released earlier this month showed that Democrats would take 219 seats in the House if the 2018 midterm elections happened now, while Republicans would take 216.

The tracker has a margin of error of nine seats, however, making the race for control of the House a toss-up between the two parties.

Public Policy Polling, a left-leaning firm, found Democrats still hold a 6-point lead on a generic ballot, according to a survey released last Wednesday.

—Brett Samuels